Genetics Cattle

Minimum Requirements
Certifications Lifetime Limit $2,000 Maximum Reimbursement
See p. 6 for item maximums
Cattle - 30 Head BQA – Beef and Dairy Not Applicable Standard 35%
Cost Share
Master 50%
Cost Share
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.



Eligible Items

  1. Bulls – purchased (or leased $400 max.)
  2. Al - semen from eligible AI sires (EPD, PI, or LNM proof required), semen tanks, synchronization cost, AI supplies & equipment, AI technician fees and/or AI training certification.
  3. Testing of current herd by Tennessee licensed veterinarian - BSE and pregnancy testing
  4. Bred Beef Heifers – see p. 7

Requirements - Bulls

  1. Test negative for BVD-PI (certificate required)

  2. 840 EID – available from veterinarian at time of BSE testing

  3. BSE - licensed veterinarian within 90 days

  4. Dairy - bulls and semen must meet or exceed the minimum LMN or PI requirements; AI is encouraged

  5. Beef - bulls and semen must meet or exceed the minimum for one of the following three bull types. Each bull type has a different set of EPD requirements.  Evaluate bull pedigree EPDs subject to EPD requirements.
    a.     Balanced bulls
    b.     Calving Ease bulls
    c.     Terminal bulls

EPDs, PI and LNM have changed for this application period and must be current as of October 1, 2017.

Eligible beef breeds for the TAEP Genetics program must have a national breed performance testing program that participates in a NCE program recognized by the Beef Improvement Federation.  True NCE EPDs must be calculated and printed from the most prominent breed association.

All bull types must have true NCE EPDs with minimum 0.15 accuracy for the Calving Ease (CE or BW) and Growth (WW or YW) categories.  True NCE EPDs are calculated after the performance and contemporary group data is submitted to the breed association. Interim EPDs, pedigree estimates, pedigree index (ex. I, I+, P, P+ or 0.05 Accuracy) or parental averages are not eligible for reimbursement.  

Genomic Enhanced EPDs utilize DNA information to improve the accuracy of the EPDs calculated by the respective breed association. The maximum reimbursement is $1,600 per bull with Genomic Enhanced EPDs.

Seedstock producers should plan to submit DNA samples, performance and contemporary group data to the breed association and DNA testing lab early to allow adequate time to calculate true NCE EPDs or Genomic Enhanced EPDs for required traits.  Seedstock producers should print bull pedigree once true NCE EPDs are calculated by the breed association and keep a copy for buyers.

  Payment may be denied if individual bulls do not have true NCE EPDs with minimum 0.15 accuracy calculated by their breed association at time of sale catalog printing.

  TAEP 2017 - 2018 EPD Requirments will be posted by October 1, 2017 at under Genetics in Producer Programs and will be included in the reimbursement packet.


For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email
Application A